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Dr. Wesley Hawkins

Dr. Wesley Hawkins

Interim Dean

Wesley Hawkins earned his MSW from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. His Ph.D. is in Community Health Education from Southern Illinois University. Prior to FAU, he has held faculty and research positions at The Johns Hopkins University, the Clinical Trials Division at the National Institute of Drug Abuse, and the University of Oregon. His research areas include adolescent depression, substance use disorders, and the collegiate recovery movement. Dr. Hawkins has also served as an Assistant and Associate Provost for Promotion and Tenure at FAU.

Dr. Ronald C. Nyhan

Dr. Ronald C. Nyhan

Associate Dean

Ronald C. Nyhan is an associate professor in the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University. Prior to FAU, he was President and CEO of Landrum & Brown, Ltd. which oversaw the efficient operation and maintenance of large-scale facilities in the Middle East. The company was primarily responsible for performance measurement and service evaluation in building trades, utility service, transportation and engineering. He was also a Principal with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, where he served as Project Director for the management and productivity evaluations of local government functions at Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. He also served as Project Director for evaluations of federal agencies including Federal Rail and Federal Aviation Administrations.

His publications are found in Public Administration Review, International Journal of Organization Theory And Behavior, Public Productivity and Management Review, Evaluation Review, Health Care Review, Journal of Health and Human Services, Public Administration Quarterly, The International Journal of Public Administration and the International Review of Administrative Sciences.

Dr. Nyhan serves as the Coordinator for the Master of Nonprofit Management degree program and the nonprofit minor at the undergraduate level. He is currently serving as President of the Faculty Senate and is a member of the University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Cory-Scruggs

Dr. Floydette Cory-Scruggs

Associate Dean

Dr. Floydette Cory-Scruggs currently serves as Associate Dean of the College while continuing to serve as a faculty member in the School of Public Administration, teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Her research interests include organization development, leadership, and health policy. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.

Jerry Clinton

Jerry Clinton

Assistant Dean

Jerry Clinton is Assistant Dean in the College. Since 1991, Mr. Clinton has been responsible for the administrative functions of the college including college budgeting, accounting, non-faculty personnel, grant and contract administration, and auxiliary enterprises. Mr. Clinton earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and his MBA from FAU.

Dr. Steven Bourassa

Dr. Steven Bourassa

Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning and School of Public Administration

Steven Bourassa joined the School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2014 and was appointed Director at the beginning of 2015. He was also appointed Director of the School of Public Administration later that year. Previously, he was the KHC Real Estate Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville. He has also been on the faculty at the Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Auckland, and University of Memphis. House prices, housing tenure, land tenure, and property taxes are among the main subjects of his research. He received the 2014 International Real Estate Society Award for Achievement in International Real Estate Research and is a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics at the Homer Hoyt Institute. He is on the editorial boards of five academic journals. He holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania

John Sandell

John Sandell

Director, School of Architecture

John Sandell is Director of the School of Architecture and teaches in the areas of design and theory. His general area of research encompasses the interaction of natural, human and built domains in site-specific situations. Particular emphasis is given to phenomena that draw out hidden properties and create conceptual shifts that inform and shape the design project. His research and studio pedagogy investigate topics such as city allusions and the theater; human fragility and the abandonment of place; metaphor's role in revealing unforeseen perspectives in visual work; projecting retreat and adaptation: new urban morphologies for the design of South Florida's future environments.

As a licensed architect in Italy, John's practice is committed to research through design. Prior to opening his practice, he worked for architects and designers including Ettore Sottsass Jr. (Milan), Charles Pfister, (San Francisco), Robert Obrist (St. Moritz), and Aldo Rossi, (Milan). The above work environments enhanced his background of diverse design philosophies, project types, and scalar relationships from industrial design, furniture and interiors, to mixed-use, institutional, and transportation centers for European cities.

His projects and built works range from furniture and residences to pedestrian streets and urban spaces. He has collaborated on many prize-winning mixed-use, institutional, and urban design projects in Switzerland and Italy, and completed single-family residential projects in Italy, Texas, Florida, and Oregon. His work has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally, including the Venice Biennial, and has recently won several Florida State design awards from the American Institute of Architects.

John received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, his Masters of Architecture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a Laurea from the Polytechnic of Milan. He has taught at the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Portland State University, Department of Architecture, the University of Oregon, Graduate School of Design in Portland, and at California State University, Florence, Italy. In summer, he heads the School of Architecture's study abroad program in Venice, Italy.

John Ortiz Smykla

Dr. John Ortiz Smykla

Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

John Ortiz Smykla earned his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His research focuses on adult corrections, capital punishment, and comparative criminal justice. His recent books include Corrections in the 21st Century (7e), Probation, Parole, and Community-Based Corrections and Offender Reentry: Rethinking Criminology and Criminal Justice. His co-authored dataset Executions in the United States, 1608-2008: The Espy File, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is one of the most frequently requested data files from the University of Michigan’s ICPSR. Dr. Smykla is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar to Argentina and Uruguay. He served the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences as program committee chair and President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. SCJA honored him in 1997 as Educator of the Year. He joined Florida Atlantic University in 2014 as Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously he served as Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of West Florida, Professor and Chair of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama, and Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.

Dr. John R. Graham

Dr. John R. Graham

Director, School of Social Work

John Graham, MA MSW PhD, is a Professor of Social Work and Director of the School of Social Work. Prior to coming to FAU, he was at the University of Calgary where he had served as Murray Fraser Professor of Community Economic Development, and PhD Program Coordinator. Graham has held over $4 million in research funding, has published over 100 journal articles, 51 book chapters, and is completing his ninth book. He has published on international development (with a particular focus on Bedouin-Arab communities in the Middle East), social policy, social welfare history, spirituality and social work, multicultural social work, qualitative research, and homelessness. His current interests concentrate on employee well being, and subjective well being (happiness) in and out of the workplace. His writing was recently recognized among the top 50 most frequently cited for his discipline in the English speaking world, 2000-2009. A longstanding mentor to junior faculty and to graduate students, Graham has sat on over 100 graduate student committees at the masters and doctoral levels, and in 2014 received a teaching award for graduate student mentoring.

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